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West Liberty-Salem
   Elementary Student & Parent Handbook

                        2020-2021
WL-S Elementary Handbook                  COMMUNICATION 12
                                              E-MAIL 12

WELCOME 2                                     WEBSITE 12

SAFETY & SECURITY 2                           TELEPHONE 12

   SAFETY FEATURES 3                      GUIDELINES & REGULATIONS 12

   WHEN VISITING THE SCHOOL 3                 CITIZENSHIP 12

   EMERGENCY CLOSING OF SCHOOL 3              RULES 12

   CURRENT CONTACT INFO 3                     CODE OF CONDUCT 12

ATTENDANCE 4                                  DISCIPLINE 13

   EXCUSED ABSENCES 4                         EXAMPLES OF MISCONDUCT 13

   LATE ARRIVAL 4                             DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES 14

   EARLY DISMISSAL 5                          STUDENT DRESS CODE 14

   EXCESSIVE ABSENCES 5                   CAFETERIA 15

   PERFECT ATTENDANCE ELIGIBILITY 5           BREAKFAST PROGRAM 15

FOR PARENTS 6                                 CAFETERIA DEBIT ACCOUNT 15

   VISITING THE SCHOOL 6                      PAY FOR IT 16

   PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES 6           STUDENT WELLNESS 16

   BUS DRIVER/PARENT CONFERENCES 6            ILLNESS OR INJURY AT SCHOOL 16

   INVOLVEMENT AND SUPPORT OF PARENTS 6       EMERGENCY INFORMATION 17

   SPECIAL EDUCATION PLAN 7                   ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION POLICY: 17

   HOMEWORK 7                                 COMMUNICABLE DISEASES/INFESTATION 17

   STUDY SKILLS 7                             IMMUNIZATION 18

   GRADE REPORTS 7                            HEAD LICE 18

   INCOMPLETES 8                              CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH 19

   IDEAS FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD 8         OTHER INFORMATION 19

   HONOR ROLL 8                               FIELD TRIPS 19

   BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS 8                   GUIDANCE SERVICE 19

   FEES AND REPORT CARDS 8                    IPADS 19

   STUDENT PLACEMENT 9                        INTERNET POLICY 19

   AWARDS 9                                   LIBRARY-MEDIA CENTER 20

   STUDENT RECORDS 9                          LOCKERS 20

      CONFIDENTIALITY 9                       LOST AND FOUND 20

      PARENTS ACCESS (ORC 3319.321) 9         OFFICE 20

      NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS ACCESS 9          PTO 20

   CHILD ABUSE REPORTING 9                    RECESS 20

   CHILD CUSTODY: VERY IMPORTANT 9            STUDENT VISITORS 20

   OPEN ENROLLMENT 10                         VALUABLES 20

TRANSPORTATION 10                             VOLUNTEER PROGRAM 20

   BUS TRANSPORTATION AND RULES 10            WITHDRAWAL OF STUDENTS 21

   SAFE RIDING RULES 11                          TITLE IX COMPLIANCE RESOLUTION 21

   BICYLES: 11                                   TITLE IX COORDINATOR AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES 21
                                              PARENTAL GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE 21
                                          ADMINISTRATION 22
                                          FACULTY & STAFF 23

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WELCOME
                    Dear Parents and Students,

                    Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at WL-S Elementary! I am certain that this is
                   going to be a great year! Please take some time to review this handbook, as it
                   includes important information for both students and parents about rules, policies,
                 and procedures.

The Elementary school day hours are 7:45 a.m.-2:57 p.m.

This handbook has been designed to help all students get the most out of their educational experience.
If all students, parents, and staff are on the same page, it is likely that students will reach their full
potential which is the ultimate goal. I look forward to working with all of you, and remember, always do
your TIGER BEST!

Sincerely,

Aaron Hollar

SAFETY & SECURITY

                     School safety and security has always been and will continue to be an important
                     issue not only on the minds of school personnel, but all the members of the
                     school community.

                    To have an excellent and successful learning environment, students must feel safe
                    and secure. In order to establish organization and create the conditions for that to
 happen, we at West Liberty-Salem are always discussing our practices and procedures and are looking
 at ways to improve them. This includes routine drills and practice of safety procedures. We want ALL
 students to become successful, lifelong learners, not only able to do so individually but also to work
 well with each other and all school staff members and parents.

To establish the conditions of a successful learning environment, it is very important that we all work
together. Please read the student-parent handbook and all school publications and news. Be aware of
student expectations and the expectations of all members of the school community. Then discuss these
within your family and the community. Please follow the procedures we have established. It is very
important that students be dependable and assume responsibility to follow school and classroom rules
and regulations so that the safety and security of EACH of our 1,200 students is assured. It is equally
important that each of us treats each other with ultimate respect.

Here are a few very importance procedures to follow:
   • Communicate with the school IMMEDIATELY about your student’s attendance and any other
        special concerns such as emergencies, pertinent legal matters, health, etc.
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•   Read and discuss the Student/Parent handbook with your child.
    •   Fill out emergency medical information completely and as soon as possible.
    •   Strive to reach West Liberty-Salem’s attendance goal of 95% or better.
    •   Use designated parking areas when arriving at school. DO NOT double park or block fire and bus
        lanes before or after school.
    •   Use the main entrance and follow special, posted instructions.

SAFETY FEATURES
The following safety features should ONLY be used in emergency situations. If students use these
features otherwise, the discipline process will be followed (see Code of Conduct).

    •   Egress windows: easily opened piano hinge emergency exit windows located in all classrooms
        with outside windows.
    •   Door indicators/locks: thumb turn locks located on all classroom doors clearly display
        locked/unlocked door status when inside the classroom.
    •   Shatter resistant window film: window film can significantly impede unwanted entry/window
        shatter compared to standard windows.
    •   Reinforced door locks: emergency lock bars positioned on classroom doors can significantly
        impede unwanted entry by withstanding extreme pressure.
    •   School resource officer: full time employee located at WL-S.

WHEN VISITING THE SCHOOL
Press the buzzer, located to your left, in the entryway when entering the school. An office secretary will
then allow you access directly into the office. All visitors must SIGN IN and obtain a VISITOR’S PASS in
the office. DO NOT go directly to classrooms, the cafeteria, or playground. THIS ELIMINATES
CLASSROOM INTERRUPTION AND HELPS STUDENTS FEEL SAFE. PASSES MUST BE WORN WHERE VISIBLE.
The safety of children at school is a primary concern of the school staff. Visitors to the building are
carefully monitored. State law requires all visitors to report to the Office before visiting the
classrooms. Please be prepared to show identification if requested by office staff. The school building is
not open before 7:40 a.m. The school cannot be held responsible for supervision of students before 7:40
a.m. or after 3:00 p.m.

EMERGENCY CLOSING OF SCHOOL
Delays will be announced as soon as weather conditions dictate a need. The school must follow many
procedures before delays and cancellations occur. The school will announce information as soon as
possible, by calling and/or texting parents through the All Call Notification System. Before school and
during the day, school-closing information can also be heard on the following stations:
WPKO FM – Bellefontaine – 98.3 | WHIO TV – Dayton – Channel 7
Keep monitoring your favorite station, as a one-hour delay can turn into a two-hour delay or a
cancellation. Occasionally, due to snow, ice, or fog, the buses may be 5-10 minutes late while running
their regular route. This will not be reported to the media.

CURRENT CONTACT INFO
The Office MUST have on file: ALL CURRENT TELEPHONE NUMBERS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY:
Home Phone | Work phone | Cell phone
Please make sure all legal papers are on file concerning the custody of your child. Please make sure the
school is notified of any changes at home that directly affect your child. Together parents and the school
will work for the safety of your child.

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ATTENDANCE

                     School Begins at 7:45 a.m and Ends at 2:57 p.m.

                    Good attendance is important to maximize the benefit of classroom and
                    instructional participation, and directly affects academic performance.

                    Parent responsibility when student is absent: Notify the school of student absence
                    (email preferred). Email attendance@wlstigers.org by 9:00 a.m. If email is
                    unavailable, call 937-465-0060 x103 or communicate in person.

One of the following forms of contact indicating an excused reason will excuse an absence:
            o Phone call from parent
            o Parent note
            o Email
            o Doctor note stating dates/times of absence
            o Signature of parent on sign in/out sheet in the School Office

If the school does not receive notification, the school is required to make a “best-effort” attempt to
contact the parent/guardian by phone to confirm the student’s absence. Requests for homework may
be made on the second consecutive day of absence by 9:00 am. Students will have time equal to the
number of days missed, plus one additional day to complete the homework.

EXCUSED ABSENCES
Excused absences are based upon definitions established by the State of Ohio and the WL-S Board of
Education. Notification by phone or note does not automatically excuse an absence. The following are
excused reasons for absences:
1. personal illness
2. family illness: applies to severe illness of the parents or siblings.
3. quarantine of the home: limited to the length of the quarantine
4. death of a relative
5. religious observance
6. family vacation: limited to 5 days in a school year. Requests for vacation absence must be submitted
    in writing to the Elementary Principal prior to the days absent.
7. emergency or set of circumstances which in the judgment of the administration constitutes a good
    and sufficient cause of absence from school.
8. doctor/dental appointments: limited to the time required for the appointment. A doctor’s excuse
    should be submitted for all appointments and absences ordered by a doctor.
9. court appearance

LATE ARRIVAL
Students who arrive late to school (and who are not in class by 7:45 a.m.) must report with their
parents/guardians to the Elementary Office to sign in and receive a late slip. Students arriving between
7:45 – 8:15 am will be counted tardy.

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EARLY DISMISSAL
If a student leaves school property during the day, all absences are unexcused until a valid excuse is
submitted. Please limit early dismissal of students to unavoidable circumstances.
1. If a student needs to be dismissed early, parents should notify the teacher and office staff stating
     the time, reason and who will be picking up the student.
2. Students are to be signed out in the front office. Parents should not go directly to the classroom; the
     office will notify the teacher and student.
3. Students will be released only to the custodial parent or guardian, or to an adult designated by the
     custodial parent or guardian by written or telephone confirmation. The office may ask for
     identification of adults signing out students.

EXCESSIVE ABSENCES
In December 2016, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 410 changing the law for “habitually
truant” and “excessively absent” beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. The West Liberty Salem
Local School District has amended and adopted policies that are required by law. The following is the
definition of “habitually truant,” as defined by law:

Habitually Truant:
Students deemed “habitually truant” in any of these circumstances will be turned into the Madison
Champaign Educational Service Center attendance officer. The attendance officer is required to contact
the parent regarding the date and time of a meeting set by the school’s Absence Intervention Team
(AIT) that the parent is required to attend. Failure to attend may result in the school district contacting
Children’s Services. During this meeting, the AIT will develop an absence intervention plan. The school’s
AIT will monitor and evaluate the intervention plan during implementation. Failure to follow and meet
the plan requirements will result in the district filing an official complaint in juvenile court.
    • Absent 30 or more CONSECUTIVE hours (equiv. to approx. 4.5 days) without a legitimate excuse
    • Absent 42 or more hours (equiv. to approx. 6.5 days) in one school month without a legitimate
         excuse
    • Absent 72 or more hours (equiv. to approx. 11 days) in one school year without a legitimate
         excuse

Excessively Absent:
House Bill 410 also defined “excessively absent” as the following:
    • Absent 38 or more TOTAL hours (equiv. to approx. 6 days) in one school month with or without
        a legitimate excuse OR
    • Absent 65 or more TOTAL hours (equiv. to 10 days) in one school year with or without a
        legitimate excuse

PERFECT ATTENDANCE ELIGIBILITY
Tardy, brief, half day or full day excused OR unexcused absences eliminate the possibility of achieving
perfect attendance. Perfect attendance is perfect.

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FOR PARENTS

                     VISITING THE SCHOOL
                     PARENTS/VISITORS ENTERING THE BUILDING DURING SCHOOL HOURS MUST BE
                     BUZZED INTO THE BUILDING AND THEN SIGN IN AT THE OFFICE TO OBTAIN A
                     VISITOR’S PASS. ALL VISITORS MUST ALSO SIGN OUT AT THE OFFICE BEFORE THEY
                     LEAVE THE BUILDING.

 • Visitors attending a school-planned event such as, field trips, class parties, assembly programs, etc.,
   MUST obtain a visitor’s pass.
 • All parents/visitors MUST enter the building through the main entrance, NOT through the wing
   entrance doors.
 • Messages that need forwarded to a student or items being brought in for a student, MUST be
   handled through the office.
 • If it should be necessary to speak with a student or teacher directly, the office personnel will make
   the proper arrangements.
 • If you wish to pick up your child before school is over, you must come to the office and sign your
   child out.
 • You may pick up your child after school ONLY by signing them out in the Elementary Cafeteria.
 • Visitors may park in the drop off lane (excluding the fire lane) or in Visitor Parking at the front of the
   school during normal school hours or for after school pick up. Visitors may NOT park in the drop off
   lane during student drop off in the morning.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
There are four evenings set aside each school year for parent/teacher conferences. You are encouraged
to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher at these times. If additional conference time is
needed during the school year, schedule in advance for teacher and parent/guardian convenience. If an
immediate conference or visit is necessary, this must be scheduled to not interrupt or interfere with
class time.

BUS DRIVER/PARENT CONFERENCES
During scheduled routes, it is difficult to take time to confer with parents while students are on the bus
and are waiting to be picked up at other stops. If a parent wishes to discuss a matter with the bus driver,
please call the school’s Transportation Department (465-0060, ext. 127) to set up a conference time. At
no time is it appropriate for a parent, guardian, or other family members to board a school bus.

INVOLVEMENT AND SUPPORT OF PARENTS
1. It is the parents’ obligation, by teaching and example, to develop in the student good behavior
   habits as well as proper attitudes toward the school. To ensure student success, parents are
   encouraged to check with school officials concerning their child’s progress. IT IS VERY HELPFUL TO
   STAY POSITIVE ABOUT THE SCHOOL IN FRONT OF YOUR CHILD. IF MISUNDERSTANDINGS OR
   CONFUSION OCCURS, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER FOR CLARIFICATION. THE TEACHER
   WILL APPRECIATE YOUR CALL. The behavior of the student in school is ultimately the responsibility
   of the parent and a reflection of the kind of discipline the parents have developed with the child in
   the home.
   a. If a student’s behavior becomes disruptive of the educational program, a danger to other
         students, or becomes uncontrollable, the school may legally suspend or expel the student.
   b. Parents may be held legally liable for vandalism, damage to school property, or injury to
         students or staff for which their child is responsible.
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2. The school expects that parents will cooperate and support the school when children are disciplined.
3. Parents and teachers should discuss problems a child displays before the problems become serious.
   If the parents are aware of situations in the home or in the school that may distress the child, these
   should be discussed with the teacher before they result in discipline problems.
4. Any problems or concerns need to be addressed to the teacher first, before contacting the
   principal.

SPECIAL EDUCATION PLAN
The West Liberty-Salem Special Education Department offers a full spectrum of services for the
education of students with disabilities. Services offered include identification, evaluation, placement,
and service of students with disabilities in compliance with state rules, regulations, policies and
procedures. If you have any questions about special education services, please contact the school. Also,
if you know of any child residing in WL-S School District who you suspect may have a disability, please
contact Julie Hartsel at 937-465-1060 ext. 110

HOMEWORK Your child may have homework. There are several reasons for homework.
     1. To provide extra practice on learned skills.
     2. To provide further learning in areas covered in the classroom or prepare students for instruction
         the next day.
     3. To provide an opportunity for students to learn good work habits.
     4. To provide opportunity for growth in responsibility.
     5. To provide you with an opportunity to see what your child is studying and how well he/she is
         doing.
     6. Homework may occur if the student has been absent. Students with an excused absence will
         have 1 day more than the number of days missed to make up assignments. Example: Two days
         absence would equal three days to make up work. Work not completed within the allotted time
         could receive a zero/F.
     7. Try to set aside a daily time to sit down with your child and ask about their day and have them
         share any papers with you.
Students in grades 3-5 can expect to have some homework several evenings during the week.
The daily homework in no way should be viewed as punishment, but rather as a way for encouraging
and extending learning. Parents are encouraged to contact the classroom teacher about any concerns
in this area. Call the elementary office at 465-0060, ext. 101.

STUDY SKILLS
An Academically Successful Student:
    1. Brings notebook, paper, pen or pencil and other materials necessary to class.
    2. Is an active participant in the classroom - listens well and takes part in discussions.
    3. ASKS QUESTIONS IF HE/SHE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THE DISCUSSION OR IF HE/SHE HAS A
       PROBLEM.
    4. Uses student planner to keep track of and schedule time for homework each day.
    5. Makes sure he/she understands the assignment before leaving class.
    6. Uses what he/she learns and sees how each subject applies to the others.
    7. Has an ATTITUDE TO STRIVE TO DO HIS/HER BEST, NOT JUST ENOUGH TO GET BY.
    8. Has a special place in the home designated for doing homework.

GRADE REPORTS
West Liberty-Salem Elementary School will operate on a nine-week reporting system. Parents are
encouraged to study the report card carefully and to schedule conferences with teachers should they
have a concern or question.
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The grading scale is as follows for                K and 1st Grades:
        Grades 2nd-5th:                                             Sc = Secured or learned skill
        A       100-96                                              Dv+ = Developing skill
        A-      95-92                                               Dv = Developing skill
        B+      91-89                                               Ac = Area of Concern
        B       88-86
        B-      85-83                                      Grades K-5th:
        C+      82-80                                              Ö = meets or exceeds expectations
        C       79-77                                              - = does not meet expectations
        C-      76-74
        D+      73-71
        D       70-68
        D-      67-65
        F       64 or below

INCOMPLETES
Students receiving an incomplete on their report card must make up the work within 5 school days. All
incompletes after this time will be recorded as failures.

IDEAS FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD

Ways parents can help with homework:
1. Be sure they understand the assignment.
2. Form the habit of using a certain time and place for study.
3. Study conditions should include good lighting, ventilation and quiet.
4. Have necessary materials.
5. Try to help the child develop the skill of working independently.
6. Spend enough, but not too much time on each subject.
7. If homework is exceeding 1 hour per evening, please notify the teacher.

HONOR ROLL
An honor roll will be established at the end of each grading period for grades Four and Five. The
following criteria will be used: Highest Honors (only As and A-s), Honors (all As and Bs, no B-s). Students
may not receive a ‘–' in special areas including art, computer, music/band, physical education, or
behavior/work habits to be eligible for Honor Roll.

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
Fourth and Fifth grade students obtaining all As and at most, one B or B+, in reading, writing, word
study, math, science, and social studies will be invited to the Breakfast of Champions. Students may not
receive a ‘–' in special areas including art, computer, music/band, physical education, or behavior/work
habits to be eligible for the Breakfast of Champions.

FEES AND REPORT CARDS
There is a school fee assessed for each student to cover the use of materials in the classroom. Fee
notices are sent home quarterly. The board reserves the right to withhold grade cards and progress
reports for any students owing fees. Unpaid fees will be carried from one year to the next, and grade
cards will not be issued. If families are experiencing financial difficulty, please notify the school so
payment plans can be worked out. Students and parents should also recognize that damaged or lost
school property has to be returned, replaced, or paid for as do school fees.

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STUDENT PLACEMENT
Student placement for each upcoming school year is the responsibility of the classroom teacher.
Teachers meet as a grade level team and discuss student placement. Many things have to be considered
before a student is put in any particular classroom. Teachers appreciate your input, but in no way are
requests encouraged for next year's placement, nor would a request guarantee placement of your
child. If you have major concerns, please contact your child's homeroom teacher. Since so many things
have to be considered, we thank you for understanding our situation as we strive to do our best for the
education of each and every child.

AWARDS
Awards are given for Perfect Attendance, Honor Roll all year, Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, and Student
Council. Band awards and Proficiency/Achievement awards are also presented. All students have an
opportunity to be recognized, when appropriate, throughout the course of the year.

STUDENT RECORDS
CONFIDENTIALITY
   • Student records are confidential and are protected by the Privacy Act. Only the school staff and
       the child’s natural parents or legal guardians have access to the records.
   • Basic directory information on the child is not protected by the Privacy Act. Directory
       information includes name, address, phone number, age, weight, etc. Parents may request the
       school not release this information. Please complete form given.

PARENTS ACCESS (ORC 3319.321)
   • Parents requesting access to their child’s records must be granted access within 45 days of the
      request.
   • Parents have the right to receive copies of their child’s records. The school may charge the
      actual cost of duplicating the records.
   • Parents have the right to a response from school officials to reasonable requests for
      explanations and interpretations of those records.
   • Parents have the right to an opportunity for a hearing to challenge the contents of those
      records.

NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS ACCESS
  • A divorce or change in custody does not change the rights of a natural parent to their child’s
      records.
  • Non-custodial parents may request and receive a copy of the child’s report card, the permanent
      record, and the opportunity to hold a teacher conference. Only the custodial parent has the
      right to make educational decisions requested by the school.
  • Step-parents have no rights to records, reports, or conferences unless the custodial parent
      confers these rights on them.

CHILD ABUSE REPORTING
All employees of the District who know or suspect that a child under 18 years of age or a disabled child
under 21 years of age has suffered or is suffering any type of abuse or neglect are required to report
such information to children’s services or the local law enforcement agency.

CHILD CUSTODY: VERY IMPORTANT
Parents have an obligation to inform the school anytime the custody of a child changes. (School Board
requires this information). School officials will need to see and copy court orders pertaining to a child’s
custody.
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OPEN ENROLLMENT
The West Liberty-Salem Board of Education permits the enrollment of students from any Ohio school
district into the WL-S District. The enrollment is contingent upon accordance with the laws and
regulations of the State of Ohio concerning Interdistrict Open Enrollment, the provisions of the WL-S
district policy, and the administrative guidelines established to implement the district policy. The
administration looks at the enrollment limits for each grade level and determines the number of
openings for each grade level and program before accepting applicants.

All applicants shall be considered on the following criteria: availability of space, program and program
size. An applicant shall be denied Open Enrollment to WL-S if he/she has been suspended or expelled
during the school year immediately preceding the year for which the application is made. All applicants
must reapply each year by June 1st for the following school year in order to be reconsidered for open
enrollment.

Transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the parents for Open Enrollment students;
however, they may ride a WL-S bus if the parents provide transportation to and from an approved WL-S
district bus stop. Once approved for Open Enrollment, all regulations, rules, policies, etc. of the WL-S
District shall apply to the non-resident district students to the same extent they apply to WL-S resident
district students.

TRANSPORTATION

               Students will ride their designated bus if the school receives no
               written communication of change by 1:00 p.m. NOTE: With more
               than 500 students enrolled in the elementary, it can be
               challenging to notify students, teachers, bus drivers and the
transportation office of last-minute changes in transportation plans.
The school recognizes situations may arise during the day that requires a change in plans. Please
proceed as follows:

                  Request transportation change in writing (email preferred)
                   • Advanced notice changes: email k5@wlstigers.org
                    • Same day changes: email k5@wlstigers.org before 1:00 p.m.
                     (if email is unavailable call 465-0060, ext. 101, send note with student or
                     communicate in person)

BUS TRANSPORTATION AND RULES
School bus transportation is a privilege that may be withdrawn for inappropriate behavior.
Inappropriate behavior will be documented and severe or repeat offenses could/will result in
disciplinary consequences including bus suspension.

A student is to ride the bus to which he/she is assigned. Any emergency request to ride a bus or a
different bus must be requested in writing by the parent/guardian and submitted to the teacher and bus
driver. Students will be allowed off the bus only at school, home, and locations requested in writing by

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parents. THE BUS DRIVER IS IN COMPLETE CHARGE OF THE BUS AND ITS OCCUPANTS AT ALL TIMES.
Students on the bus are to comply with bus and school rules.

SAFE RIDING RULES
 1.   Students should arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
 2.   Students must wait in a location clear of traffic and away from the bus stop.
 3.   Behavior at school bus stop must not threaten life, limb or property of any individual.
 4.   Students must go directly to an available or assigned seat.
 5.   Students must remain seated, keeping aisles and exits clear.
 6.   Students must observe classroom conduct and obey the driver promptly and respectfully.
 7.   Students must not use profane language.
 8.   Students must refrain from eating and drinking on the bus except as required for medical reasons.
 9.   Students must not use tobacco on the bus.
10.   Students must not have alcohol or drugs in their possession on the bus except for prescription
      medication.
11.   Students must not throw or pass objects on, from, or into the bus.
12.   Students may carry on the bus only objects that can be held in their laps.
13.   Students must leave or board the bus at locations to which they have been assigned unless they have
      parental and administrative authorization to do otherwise.
14.   Students must not put head or arms out the bus windows.

Suspension, Expulsion or Immediate Removal From Bus:
1. The provisions of Section 3313.66 of the Revised Code shall apply to suspension, expulsion and immediate
removal of a pupil from school bus riding privileges.
2. The Superintendent or Superintendent designees, or principals or assistant principals are authorized to suspend
or remove pupils from school bus riding privileges.
3. Immediate removal of a pupil from transportation is authorized. A pupil removed immediately from
transportation must be given notice as soon as practical of a hearing, which must be held within seventy-two hours
of the removal. The notice shall also include the reason for removal. Immediate removal is authorized when the
pupil’s presence poses a danger to persons or property or a threat to the safe operation of the school bus. Length
of time removed from riding the bus shall be in accordance with school district policy, (but not more than ten
days).
4. Expulsion of a pupil from riding privileges shall be by the Superintendent and in compliance with divisions C.D.
& E. of section 3313.66 of the Revised Code.
5. School bus drivers shall report in writing to the appropriate administrator all rule violations or conduct that
justifies immediate removal, suspension or expulsion.
6. Suspension or immediate removal of handicapped pupils may require a modification of the above procedures
and shall be accomplished in accordance with the law.
7. Balloons or any objects that obstruct the bus driver’s field of vision will not be permitted on the bus. A parent
or guardian must pick up students who receive balloon bouquets at school.
8. Students are to refrain from transporting: animals; glass objects; lighters or any instruments that produce
combustion; or any weapons or imitations of such.
9. The school will not provide transportation for a sleep over or other after school social type of activity.
It is in your child’s best interest that we work together in a relationship that provides safe transportation.
Please go over these rules and consequences and other transportation information with your child. Please feel free
to call the school if you have questions about this plan.

Board Authorized Stops to School and Return Adopted 10/11/84
(a) No more than one student will be permitted to go home on the school bus with another student.
(b) A student must have written authorization from his/her parent(s) each time they get off or on the bus at other
than their own authorized stop. The authorization must be taken to the principal’s office for his/her signature.

BICYLES: Students are not permitted to ride bicycles to school.
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COMMUNICATION

                   E-MAIL
                   Parents may wish to contact their child’s teacher through e-mail. Each teacher has his
                   or her own e-mail address. Please visit our website Staff Directory at
                   http://www.wlstigers.org for contact information.

WEBSITE & APP
Please visit our website at http://www.wlstigers.org for updated information regarding school events,
district news, athletic schedules, breakfast/lunch menus, staff directory, and much more. Community
members may also download our mobile app (search West Liberty-Salem Tigers) to receive additional
notifications and receive easy access to school events and information.

TELEPHONE Students will only be allowed to call home in case of an emergency. Students will not be
permitted to call home for forgotten homework.

GUIDELINES & REGULATIONS

                     CITIZENSHIP
                     It is each student’s responsibility to display qualities of good citizenship. Your best
                     conduct is expected in the halls, in the cafeteria, on the playground, in the
                     classroom and in leaving school grounds. West Liberty-Salem teachers want
                     students to become good citizens. Expect all WL-S staff to remind your child of
his/her mistakes. Teachers will give special emphasis to honesty, morality, and courtesy. Obedience to
law, respect of our country’s flag, appreciation of the Constitution of the United States, respect for
parents and home, and recognition of the dignity and necessity of honest labor are characteristics
desired and expected of all our students.

Courtesy and good manners should be the key to a student’s conduct at school. A good attitude toward
teachers and fellow students will make school enjoyable for all. We expect students to have respect for
school property and to take good care of books, desks, and other furniture and school equipment.

RULES
The HIGH FIVES apply to the classroom, hallways, playground, buses, lunchroom, and the school as a
whole. The HIGH FIVES are general rules which you will hear about and see posted in the classrooms,
lunchroom, and on the buses. Teacher (or school staff)-student relationship in the classroom, halls and
on school property, including buses, is important and should be one of mutual respect. The teacher (or
school staff) should be recognized as the persons in authority at all times.
    1. BE RESPECTFUL
    2. BE RESPONSIBLE
    3. KEEP YOUR HANDS AND FEET TO YOURSELF
    4. FOLLOW STAFF INSTRUCTIONS
    5. BE THERE-BE READY!

CODE OF CONDUCT
The Code of Conduct, prescribed by law and the reasonable expectations of West Liberty-Salem Schools,
serves to detail the parameters of acceptable behavior as well as the consequences of unacceptable
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behavior at school or while participating in or viewing any school sponsored/related event or program
on or off school property. The Code of Conduct cannot; however, with specificity, encompass every
conceivable action listed. The teacher-student relationship in the classroom, halls and on school
property is important and should be one of mutual respect at all times. The teacher or staff member is
recognized as the person in authority at all times in the classroom, halls, buildings, school grounds and
at school-related events. Students are expected to be good citizens of the school by obeying set rules
and staff instruction.

DISCIPLINE
To guarantee a good social and educational climate, it is important that students understand that
acceptable standards of behavior will be expected at all times. Discipline will be administered when any
individual’s actions interfere with the right of teachers to teach and students to learn. Students are
reminded that any teacher or staff member in the school has the right and responsibility to correct
unruly individuals at school or school functions at any time.

EXAMPLES OF MISCONDUCT
Although this section has so far emphasized making positive choices, we need to define specific
misconduct that violates school policy and leads to some form of school discipline. Students should not
be involved in, demonstrate, or commit any of the following:
    •    Bomb threat                                             •   Profanity
    •    Bus misbehavior                                         •   Threat of violence
    •    Bringing any type of weapon or its imitation            •   Leaving a classroom or school without
         to school.                                                   permission
    •    Weapons: No student shall possess, use,                 •   Name calling
         hold, transport, or conceal any object which            •   Possession, transmission, and/or use of
         would or could be considered a deadly                        tobacco, drugs, or alcohol
         ordinance including, but not limited to: guns,          •   Possessing the following items: drugs,
         pellet/BB, starter guns, knives, clubs, bullets,             alcohol, laser pointers, lighters, matches or
         and fireworks. This includes any toy                         any incendiary device, toys without
         presented as and/or reacted to as a real                     permission, weapons or their imitation
         weapon or an object converted from its                  •   Pushing and shoving
         original use to an object used to threaten or           •   Public display of affection
         injure another. This includes, but is not               •   Repeated misbehavior
         limited to, letter openers, pens, pencils,              •   Rowdy behavior: running, pushing, shoving,
         jewelry, etc. Criminal charges may be filed                  yelling
         for this violation and the student may be               •   Bullying
         subjected to expulsion and permanent                    •   Stealing
         expulsion from school in Ohio.                          •   Tardiness
    •    Disrupting class                                        •   Truancy
     •   Failing to attend detention or generally                •   Vandalizing or otherwise damaging school or
          failing to assume responsibility                            private property
    •    Disrespect, insolence, insubordination                  •   Sexual harassment: This may include:
    •    False fire alarm                                            a. sexual remarks, jokes or innuendo
    •    Fighting, including play fighting                           b. personally intrusive conversations about
    •    Gambling                                                        one’s body
    •    Gum Chewing (unless permitted by the                        c. obscene gestures, staring or leering,
          teacher)                                                   d. inappropriate and unwelcome touching
    •    Harassment                                                      of person or person’s clothing
    •    Abusive language                                            e. whistling or cat calling
    •    Use of racist or hate focused symbols or                    f. cornering or blocking another’s passage.
          speech                                                     g. obscene graffiti
    •    Threatening or intimidating any person,                     h. displays of pornographic pictures or
          verbally or physically                                         offensive sex-related objects
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i. sexual gossip about an individual.                    immediately. Those authorities will
    •   Sexual harassment is seriously addressed in              determine the proper course of action to be
         state and federal law. Such harassment                  taken at that time.
         needs to be reported to proper school staff

DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES
Discipline at WL-S is a teaching process that encourages making good choices, exercising self-discipline
and good citizenship, and demonstrating more than acceptable behavior that stands on its own merit
and is not driven by simple fear of consequence. Furthermore, the integrity of the disciplinary process at
WL-S is maintained with a respect for the individual needs, ability, age and development of students.
Teachers, staff, and administration, therefore, deal with student behavior in light of such factors as: the
causes behind the behavior, the seriousness of the offense, the number of times the offense has been
committed, the student’s previous disciplinary record, and parental involvement.
Possible consequences:
    • Student conferences and discussion.                    • In-school suspension
         (During these discussions we will                   • Suspension from school
         emphasize the importance of and                     • Notification and discussion with parents
         practice making good choices.)                          through discipline slips and letters,
    • Detention, during recess                                   phone calls, conferences.
    • Bus suspension
    • Monitored schedule

STUDENT DRESS CODE
The Board of Education adopted dress code states, “In order to have a school in which we can all be
proud, we must start by taking pride in our own personal appearance.” Students should strive to be
clean, neat and well-groomed at all times. The teachers and administration have the right and duty to
question and regulate dress and grooming when they feel a student’s appearance is not in accordance
with school policy. Clothing and shoes should provide for the safety of your child. School dress should
not threaten the health, welfare, and safety of the members of the student body and enhance a
positive image of the students and the District. Any form of dress or grooming that attracts undue
attention, prompting a disruption of the learning environment or violating the previous statement, is
unacceptable.

The following guidelines have been set
    1. Shorts may be worn in good taste. Spandex shorts are to be worn only under an outer pair of
        shorts. Cut-offs may be worn as long as they are neatly trimmed. Shorts are to be no shorter
        than a fist when hanging at the student’s side. Skirts that are extremely short will not be
        permitted. The school would appreciate parents allowing their child to wear shorts only before
        November 1st and after March 30th.
    2. Bandannas are not to be worn.
    3. Students are to wear shoes at all times. It is strongly suggested that all shoes cover toes and
        heels for health and safety reasons. The following types of shoes are not considered
        appropriate for playground activity or walking in the hallways: higher shoes, clogs/backless
        shoes, roller blade shoes, or flip flops.
    4. Clothes with extremely low necklines or bare midriffs will not be permitted. Halter tops, tops
        with cutouts, and spaghetti strap tops will not be permitted on any age student.
    5. With a variety of activities in the classrooms, low riding pants are a problem. Pants, shorts, and
        skirts should rest on the natural waistline to avoid embarrassment.
    6. Clothing that depicts drugs, alcohol, tobacco, hate, racism, or vulgarity will not be permitted.
    7. Hair should be kept clean and well groomed.

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8. Face painting will not be permitted because of the distraction to the educational process and
       the mess that is created on the physical environment of the school.

CAFETERIA

                    The school has a closed lunch period. The cost of a regular school lunch is $2.85 for
                    Elementary students and $4.25 for adults. The cost of a reduced lunch is $.40 cents.

                     If a student packs his/her lunch, the price of a milk carton is $.55 cents. Due to state
                     guidelines, we strongly discourage pop being brought into the cafeteria for student
                     lunches. The state regulates the Type A lunch required for school age children. A
doctor’s note should be sent to school alerting the school of any food allergies or restricted diets your
child has to follow. Otherwise, your child will be given food according to Type A lunch definition. Water
will be provided during breakfast and lunch periods.

Students will have time to eat lunch and will also have recreational time. Students will be informed by
the lunch/recess monitor for any special instructions as to where recess will be held (outside or inside).

Adults are welcome to join a child for lunch during their lunch period. After signing in at the office and
acquiring your visitor’s pass, please wait outside the cafeteria entrance to greet the student with whom
you are having lunch. PLEASE DO NOT go to the classroom. Your cooperation is appreciated.

          Lunch schedules per grade level (approximately):
          K – 10:45-11:15      2nd – 11:45-12:10                   4th – 10:55-11:20
          1st – 11:15-11:45    3rd – 12:00-12:25                   5th – 11:35-12:00

BREAKFAST PROGRAM
The WL-S Cafeteria has a Breakfast Program for students. All breakfast items will be grab and go bags.
All foods have met the requirements of the Child Nutrition Program. Students who are on the Free or
Reduced Program can also participate.
Breakfast prices will be as follows:
Students on the free lunch program: free breakfast
Students on the reduced lunch program: $.30
Elementary Students on the regular lunch program: $1.75
Adult Breakfast - $2.00
Milk: $.55
Students may either charge this to their lunch account or bring cash daily. Any questions or concerns
can be directed to Kathy Smith, Food Service Supervisor, at 465-0060.

CAFETERIA DEBIT ACCOUNT
WL-S uses a computerized payment system. With this account, money can be deposited to a student’s
account in any amount and can cover a week, a month, or the entire year’s purchases in the cafeteria. It
is beneficial in many ways:
     • Students will move through the lunch line quickly.
     • Students will not have to carry lunch money to school every day and parents/guardians can even
        write one check for all their children’s accounts.
     • Students who qualify for free/reduced lunches will use the same procedure as all other
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students, thus protecting the confidentiality of special meal classifications.
    •   If a student has a special dietary requirement, the information will be visible on a screen viewed
        by the cashier. Parents can request, by note, that a block be put on their child’s lunch account
        regarding a la carte purchases.
    •   Parents can budget for school meals and can pre-pay for long periods of time.
    •   Parents can request a computer printout, which details every item their child has purchased.

For the parents’ convenience, envelopes will be sent home when a student account is low or they have a
charge to be returned ASAP to update the student’s account if necessary. Checks are accepted for the
exact amount of deposit and should be made payable to WL-S Schools. Parents should indicate on the
check the students’ account numbers, grade and teacher’s name(s). One check may be sent to cover the
entire family. An even dollar amount to cover lunches or a la carte selections should be deposited.

If a student forgets his/her lunch money or packed lunch, he/she may charge his/her lunch for that day
by telling the cashier. The amount will be charged on the student’s account. A student will be permitted
to accumulate a maximum of three unpaid lunch charges at any one given time. Lunch charges must be
paid before a student may receive his/her report card. Any unused balance on a student’s account at
the end of the school year will be carried over until the next school year. If a student is transferring out
of the school district, the money left in their account will be refunded by check.

Parents who wish to apply for free or reduced price lunches may do so by completing an application for
each child and returning it to the school. If your income changes at anytime during the school year,
please contact the school for an application.

PAY FOR IT
Parents have the option of using the internet to deposit money into their student’s lunch account. This
secure, online payment system is called PayForIt. This is the easiest and preferred method of payment
to pre-pay for your child’s lunches (see the Lunch Acct. link at the school website). With a student’s
unique six-number student ID and a credit card, parents can deposit money into their child’s account at
any time. Parents can also check their child’s balance and meal purchase history online.

STUDENT WELLNESS

                    ILLNESS OR INJURY AT SCHOOL
                    If a student is injured or becomes ill at school, he/she is to report to his/her teacher.
                    If the teacher thinks the illness or injury warrant, they may send the child to the
                    office and they will direct them on to the School Nurse. If deemed necessary, the
                    School Nurse or office personnel will notify parent/guardian.

 1. Children who become ill at school can be better cared for at home by their parent/guardian.
 2. Ultimately, the care of sick children is not the responsibility of the school.
 3. The school will release sick children only to the child’s custodial parent/guardian, or a person
identified by the custodial parent/guardian.
 4. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing the school with work numbers or information
about where they can be reached during the day.
 5. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing information about someone who can care for the
sick child if they are not available.
 6. Students needing medication must follow the Administration of Medication Policy adopted by the
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West Liberty-Salem Board of Education April 19, 1989.

           EMERGENCY INFORMATION: It is the parent’s responsibility to complete final
           forms documents indicating where someone can be reached in case of accident or
           illness. It is most important to notify the school of any changes and/or update your
           final forms information regarding the student’s personal information, such as
           changes in address, phone numbers, medical history and emergency numbers.

 ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION POLICY:
 The Board of Education believes that the administration of prescription drugs or treatment to children is
 primarily the right and responsibility of their parents. If prescription medication or treatment is needed
 during school hours, written request must be made to the School Nurse using the BOE document for
 prescription medicine. Prescription medication requires a licensed prescriber’s signature. The request
 shall indicate that the drug is necessary for the health and safety of the student and must be
 administered during the hours that school is in session.
 1. The School Nurse may appoint a responsible person or persons to supervise the storing and
     administering of medication in the absence of the School Nurse.
 2. A written request must be obtained from the licensed provider and the parent/guardian before
     school personnel may administer any medication. The request must include instructions as to name
     of medication, dosage, time and duration of medication and possible side effects.
 3. Medication must be in original containers (child proof) and have an affixed label including the
     student’s name, a list of procedures such as injections, medication, dosage, route of administration
     and time to be administered.
 4. New request forms must be submitted each school year and as necessary for changes in medication
     order.
 5. It is advised that the medication and the signed permission forms be brought to the school by the
     parent/guardian.
 6. The School Nurse or appointed person shall monitor the medications administered.
 7. The School Nurse shall keep accurate records of medications given.
 8. A permission BOE form for the administration of medication may be obtained from the school, or on
     the school website under WELLNESS or under BOE documents. A link to the forms is also provided
     within Final Forms.
 9. If over the counter medications are needed during school hours, the permission form needs to be
     completed and signed by a parent every school year.
 10. In order to allow self-administration of medicine, written permission must be obtained from the
     parent or guardian as well as a licensed prescriber. The self-administration of medicine will be
     evaluated on a case by case basis. Self-administration may be allowed in certain circumstances after
     review and approval of the school nurse and/or principal.
 11. If you bring medication in during the school year you are responsible for picking up the remainder at
     the end of the school year or it will be discarded.
 12. The exception to this policy includes the emergency use of medications in “Stock” such as Epi-Pens,
     inhalers or Narcan.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES/INFESTATION
Any time during the school year that a student has been checked by the School Nurse, and by her
judgment, has been determined to have a communicable disease/infestation, said student will be sent
home that day for proper treatment/care. If a parent/guardian cannot be reached, said student will be

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separated from other students for the rest of the school day.

GUIDANCE FOR RETURNING TO SCHOOL AFTER AN ILLNESS
Always follow the guidance of your PCP (primary care provider) when deciding when to send your child
back to school. General guidance: your child should always be fever free and symptom free
(symptoms may include but not limited to: nausea/vomiting/cough or any shortness of breath)
for 24 hours before returning to school. During the case of a pandemic, more strict guidance
should be followed. For instance, if you suspect COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough or
shortness of breath; then you should talk with your PCP and may be required to quarantine for 14
days. Do not send your child to school sick, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

IMMUNIZATION
Ohio law requires all students enrolled in Ohio schools to have had the proper immunizations upon entry
to school unless they have a valid exemption. The school must have a copy of the immunization record
on file if the student does not have an exemption document. Ohio Law states this must be turned in
within 14 days of enrollment or the student may be excluded from school until the immunizations are on
file. Immunization Law (R.C. 3313.67-3313.671): Children who do not have evidence of proper
immunization will be excluded from school for two weeks from the time of the last reported case.

HEAD LICE
We currently have a no lice no nits policy. But like a cold, when children come in close contact with each
other, it is easy to pass head lice along. Shared hats, clothing, brushes, pillows, and other personal articles
are perfect vehicles to transfer lice from one person to another. It is important to act immediately to
prevent their spread to other classmates and to your family as well, as lice can be a nuisance.

Head lice are small, only about 1/16 of an inch long. They are greenish white, wingless insects. While they
cannot fly and do not jump, they move quickly. This is why it is difficult to find them in a child’s hair.
Diagnosis of head lice is generally made when lice eggs, called nits, are found fastened to the hair shaft.
Nits are teardrop in shape and also very small. They are glued to the hair and cannot be washed or brushed
out like dandruff. Clusters of nits may be found in any section of the hair, but they are more apt to be seen
behind the ears and at the base of the neck.

The most important part of getting rid of head lice is treating and then very carefully removing all the nits.
Having lice has nothing to do with cleanliness and is not reflected on you as a parent.
1. Check every member of the family. Any family members with lice or nits must be treated. (Checking
    your child’s hair weekly is a good practice for prevention.)
2. Use an effective head lice treatment if a positive case is discovered. Several are available without a
    prescription. (Please read all instructions carefully!)
3. Remove all nits. Gently comb the child’s hair with the special nit remover comb. These combs are
    usually provided with the lice treatment products.
4. Wash clothes, bed linens, and towels. Use hot water and dry on the hot cycle for at least 20 minutes.
    Items not machine washable must be dry cleaned, or stored at room temperature in a tightly sealed
    plastic bag for at least two weeks. Items such as headphones and helmets should be similarly bagged
    and stored.
5. Soak combs, brushes, etc., in hot water. (The hotter the better, but at least 130° F)
6. Items should be allowed to soak for 10-15 minutes.
7. Vacuum everywhere to make sure the rest of your home is louse free. You should vacuum all carpets,

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pillows, mattresses, upholstered furniture, and even the car seats.

Head lice cannot survive without a human host. They cannot survive on your family pets, so please do not
use head lice treatment products on your pets. Hopefully, this information will be beneficial. West Liberty-
Salem School has a no-nit policy. Students with head lice are not to return to school until all eggs have
been removed. Students must be cleared through the nurse before returning to school.

CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH
A pupil at the time of his/her initial entry to a public or nonpublic school shall present a copy of his original
certificate of live birth. This document is available from any County Health Department.

OTHER INFORMATION

                     FIELD TRIPS Field trips are to be an extension of classroom activities and are directly
                     related to curriculum goals. The classroom teacher will determine if parents may
                     accompany the class. Parents will be notified of their involvement depending upon field
                     trip guidelines.

                    GUIDANCE SERVICE Full time guidance services are available for every student in
school. These services include assistance with educational planning, occupational and career planning, help
with home, school and/or social concerns or any questions or problems student may wish to discuss.

IPADS West Liberty-Salem Elementary classrooms utilize iPads in the classrooms. The school has several
iPad carts which are rotated between classrooms for various projects. Students are to use these iPads
responsibly, and may only use them for school purposes.

INTERNET POLICY To access the Internet (and email) at school, students under the age of 18 must obtain
parent permission and must sign and return this form. Students, 18 and over, may sign their own forms.

The WL-S BOE has implemented technology protection measures which block/filter Internet access to visual
displays that are obscene, contain child pornography, and/or are harmful to minors. The school system also
monitors online activity of students in an effort to restrict access to pornography and other material that is
obscene, objectionable, inappropriate and/or harmful to minors. Nevertheless, parents/guardians are
advised that determined users may be able to gain access information, communication and/or services on
the internet which the BOE has not authorized for educational purposes and/or which they and/or their
parents/guardians may find inappropriate, offensive, objectionable or controversial. Parents/guardians
assume this risk by consenting to allow their students to participate in the use of the Internet. Student’s
accessing the Internet through the school’s computers assume personal responsibility and liability, both
civil and criminal, for unauthorized or inappropriate use. In other words, students may be subject not only
to the school’s disciplinary policy and consequences but also to the penalties of civil and criminal law.

As the Parent/Guardian of this student, I have read the Acceptable Use Policy Summary and Guidelines and
have discussed them with my student. I understand that I am being notified that my student will be using
school resources/accounts to access the Internet if I give my permission in writing.

I understand that student access to the Internet is designed for educational purposes and that the school
system has taken available precautions to restrict and/or control student access to material on the Internet
that is obscene, objectionable, inappropriate and/or harmful to minors, However, I recognize that is
impossible for the school to restrict access to all objectionable and/or controversial materials that may be
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